“Nicola is a big part of the reason I am here today” Scotland’s youngest MSP pays tribute to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

Scotland’s youngest MSP, Emma Roddick, has paid tribute to the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, highlighting the political legacy she leaves behind and the inspiration she has given to women far and wide. This afternoon, Nicola Sturgeon gave her official resignation speech in the Scottish Parliament and said it had been the honour ofContinue reading ““Nicola is a big part of the reason I am here today” Scotland’s youngest MSP pays tribute to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon”

Emma Roddick MSP presses for update on new Nairn Academy – welcomes Scottish Government investment in Highlands & Islands schools

Highlands & Islands MSP Emma Roddick has welcomed investment into schools across her region as plans to replace Nairn Academy get underway. Speaking in the Scottish Parliament, Ms Roddick asked the Cabinet Secretary for Education for an update on the Nairn Academy replacement project, as well as the new schools for Broadford in Skye, inContinue reading “Emma Roddick MSP presses for update on new Nairn Academy – welcomes Scottish Government investment in Highlands & Islands schools”

HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS MSP WELCOMES GOVERNMENT APOLOGY FOR HISTORIC FORCED ADOPTIONS 

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has welcomed the Scottish Government’s official apology to those affected by historic forced adoption practices, in one of Nicola Sturgeon’s final acts as First Minister.  The SNP MSP, along with Monica Lennon, Miles Briggs, Maggie Chapman, and Alex Cole-Hamilton, was a signatory of a 2022 cross-party letter to theContinue reading “HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS MSP WELCOMES GOVERNMENT APOLOGY FOR HISTORIC FORCED ADOPTIONS “

Highlands & Islands MSP backs transition to a wellbeing economy, says trickle-down economics is not working for communities in her region

Highlands & Islands MSP Emma Roddick has said that ‘community empowerment’ must be at the centre of Scotland’s economics as MSPs discuss the transition to a wellbeing economy. During a debate in the Scottish Parliament, Ms Roddick expressed that the UK’s trickle-down economic framework and failure to redistribute wealth was not working for communities inContinue reading “Highlands & Islands MSP backs transition to a wellbeing economy, says trickle-down economics is not working for communities in her region”

Highlands & Islands MSP tells Scottish Government its ‘resolute commitment’ to the dualling of the A9 south must come with more than words

Highlands & Islands MSP Emma Roddick has told the Minister for Transport that, if Highlanders are to believe that the Scottish Government remains committed to dualling the A9 south, and to them, they need action along with words. Speaking in a debate on road improvements and the dualling of the A9, Ms Roddick welcomed theContinue reading “Highlands & Islands MSP tells Scottish Government its ‘resolute commitment’ to the dualling of the A9 south must come with more than words”

Highlands & Islands MSP welcomes increase in Croft House Grant and urges crofters across the Highlands & Islands to apply

Highlands & Islands MSP Emma Roddick has welcomed the Scottish Government’s increase in its Croft House Grant and is urging crofters across the Highlands & Islands to apply. The Scottish Government announced this week that it had increased the grant rate for home improvements within the Croft House Grant from 40% to 60% of theContinue reading “Highlands & Islands MSP welcomes increase in Croft House Grant and urges crofters across the Highlands & Islands to apply”

Highlands & Islands MSP says children are being lifted out of poverty by Scottish Government’s progressive policies

Highlands & Islands MSP Emma Roddick has praised the Scottish Government’s progressive approach to its benefit and taxation policies, saying low-income families in Scotland will now be better off as a direct result. Speaking in the parliament chamber, Ms Roddick highlighted a report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) which found that amongst theContinue reading “Highlands & Islands MSP says children are being lifted out of poverty by Scottish Government’s progressive policies”

Highlands & Islands MSP says UK budget must reverse damage caused by Tory-made cost of living crisis

Highlands & Islands MSP Emma Roddick has said that tomorrow’s UK budget must deliver for households across the Highlands & Islands that have felt the ‘devastating’ impacts of the Tory-made cost of living crisis.  Ahead of tomorrow’s UK budget announcement, Emma Roddick MSP has joined SNP colleagues in calling on the UK Government to deliverContinue reading “Highlands & Islands MSP says UK budget must reverse damage caused by Tory-made cost of living crisis”

Highlands & Islands MSP presents Scottish Countryside Alliance award to local butcher

Highlands & Islands MSP Emma Roddick has presented a Kingussie butcher with a Highly Commended award in the Butcher category from the Countryside Alliance. D Gilmour Butchers, which prides itself on supplying locally sourced meat to Badenoch & Strathspey, were announced as the winners of the award at the Countryside Alliance Awards Reception in earlyContinue reading “Highlands & Islands MSP presents Scottish Countryside Alliance award to local butcher”

Emma Roddick MSP Calls on Parliament to Improve Evidence Experience for Gaelic Speakers

At a meeting of the Parliament’s Social Justice and Social Security Committee yesterday (2nd March 2023), Shona NicIIIinnein, Chief Executive Officer, Bòrd na Gàidhlig was prevented from answering MSPs’ questions in Gaelic. Shona had intimated to the committee in advance that she would like to give the evidence of Bòrd na Gàidhlig to the committeeContinue reading “Emma Roddick MSP Calls on Parliament to Improve Evidence Experience for Gaelic Speakers”